Letters to the editor

Dec. 12, 2013 @ 03:45 PM

What would Pope Francis do?

It’s sad when political ideology and demagoguery take the driver’s seat and leave people’s welfare in the trunk. Next November, the residents of North Carolina need to remember one of the reasons why some of them might be having difficulty getting enrolled in the Affordable Care Act or getting access to health care at all. 

When Gov. McCrory and the Republicans took control of our state government last year, they made radical changes, including (1) cancelling the contracts that Gov. Perdue had signed to set up a state exchange so that North Carolina could manage its own health insurance system; and (2) refusing to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid eligibility.

One of our neighbors, Kentucky, accepted Medicaid expansion and set up its own state health insurance exchange. They are having a very smooth rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and thousands of people who never had health insurance are now getting coverage.  North Carolina used to be one of the more forward-thinking states in the Southeast, until the recent takeover by Republicans.

I was arrested on Monday June 10 with the pastor from my church. I think if Pope Francis had been a priest in North Carolina this year, he would have been arrested with us.

David C. Sokal, MD



Civitas not telling whole story about Nichol

The Dec. 10 letters to The Herald-Sun include one from Civitas protesting the opinion I published last Friday. 

My opinion was responding to Civitas’ effort to examine all the personal and professional files of UNC Professor Gene Nichol. 

Civitas now claims that it was seeking only to investigate the Center on Poverty that Nichol administers. 

I have in hand and am sharing with the editor the document served by Civitas on the university and its demand is not limited to his work for that Center on Poverty.

I therefore reiterate my opinion that Civitas was maliciously seeking to find and publicize anything that might embarrass Professor Nichol to punish him for his political views.  And I also note that the new alternative plan of Civitas to open only the files of Nichol’s poor clients would violate those clients’ right to confidentiality. 

If he opened them to Civitas, he could lose his license to practice law. More Civitas malice!

Paul D. Carrington

Professor of Law, Duke University